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WHILE I understand the need for operational security in wartime, reading about the work of the Virginia Data Processing Unit in your February issue made me a little uneasy.

The idea that unofficial sites produced by military members are monitored sounds a little like a 21st-century version of George Orwell's "1984." What's to keep the watchers from shutting down sites simply because information on the site doesn't fully support U.S. policy in the Middle East, for example?

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As the article's author, MAJ Pam Newborn, explained, the monitoring undertaken by the VDPU is intended simply to ensure that Soldiers adhere to established law and Army regulations regarding operational security and the public release of classified or "for official use only" information. There is no intent or attempt to dampen legitimate freedom of speech.
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Publication:Soldiers Magazine
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Apr 1, 2007
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